The Forum Cinema

In 1997, the former Lounge Cinema auditorium, incorporated into Joyland in 1980, became a cinema again, when the Nobles opened their long-awaited three-screen cinema in The Forum...

The Forum 3-screen cinema opened on 18th July 1997. The screens had 202, 103 and 57 seats respectively and all featured Dolby Digital and Surround Sound. The Bridlington Free Press previewed the opening in its 17th July 1997 issue:

“Work has been going on round the clock to ensure that at least one of the high-tech cinemas will be open as scheduled, showing the American box office hit ‘The Lost World’, which premieres nation-wide tomorrow.”

The article went on to recognise the work carried out by the Forum’s owners over the past few years:

“The cinema is the final addition that J. Noble & Sons Ltd plan for the complex, which includes a cabaret bar, 10-lane bowling centre, Wimpy restaurant and amusement arcade.”

By the opening day, the management had given up hope of having all the screens open on time, so concentrated on getting the main screen open to show ‘The Lost World’. In the event, the cinema was not completed on time, and the first showing had to be cancelled, but a partially completed cinema was finally opened to the public for the evening screening of the hit film. A letter published in the Bridlington Free Press on 31st July 1997 showed how happy the local residents were that Bridlington once again had a cinema:

“Having been initially disappointed at the cancellation of the opening of the new multi-screen cinema at the Forum. I was delighted at being at the first showing on the Saturday evening. The staff, clearly under pressure from having to postpone both daytime showings and at the ever-growing queue of people, some having been there since the afternoon, were calm and pleasant. The cinema, although not quite finished off, was superb and I wish them every success for the future. The town has lacked entertainment for young people in recent years and this new venture will, I am sure, help the town enormously. Good luck to all concerned.”

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Deleted Photograph: The Esplanade entrance pictured in July 1997 on the opening day of the new Forum Cinema. ‘The Lost World’ would be the first film to be shown in the old Lounge Cinema building for over 35 years. Photograph: Bridlington Free Press

Deleted Photograph: Inside one of the three new cinema auditoria at the Forum in July 1997. The new cinema featured Dolby Digital and Surround Sound, but work was not quite complete when this picture was taken. Photograph: Bridlington Free Press

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